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BRASStravaganza Kicks off at the Howlin’ Wolf on June 13

Four out of five doctors agree that you’re probably not getting enough brass in your diet, but you can get your monthly dose at the first ever BRASStravaganza on Friday, June 13, at the Howlin’ Wolf. BRASStravaganza brings together the divergent styles and songs of seven brass bands in one powerhouse evening: the Grammy nominated [...]

Frenchmen Street Brass Band Controversy

Have you been on Frenchmen Street lately and heard the brass band? Remember that big lot on the corner of Frenchmen and Chartres where the brass band used to play every night? It’s gone. In its place is Dat Dog, a fine and welcome addition to the neighborhood. When construction on Dat Dog started some [...]

“Red Bull Street Kings I” Documentary Film Premiere
October 3

Three years ago, Red Bull energy drink’s international program that scouts unique, localized culture to highlight under the banner of competition challenged New Orleans brass bands to the ultimate battle of the bands: a second line contest. Without a doubt, there is no where else in the world where you could host such a battle, [...]

Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 17): The Hot 8 Brass Band Sounds Its Horn

“It wasn’t really our choice not have another album; it’s just we had went through a lot of trials and tribulations,” says Hot 8 Brass Band founder Bennie Pete (sousaphone) of the group’s recent release, The Life & Times of the Hot 8 Brass Band, their first full-length since 2007′s Rock with the Hot 8 [...]

Mainline Brass Band, Mainline Brass Band (Independent)

It’s unexpected that an album by a New Orleans ensemble named the Mainline Brass Band would open with a guitar solo instead of a big sousaphone beat or a blast of horns. Considering this and other stylistic diversions, one might wonder if this self-titled disc really boasts brass band music. In today’s world where non-street [...]

NolaLoyola 2012 Celebrates Local Brass Band Tradition Friday

Talk about fanfare, folks: Kick off what’s already a jam-packed weekend of events Friday, September 28 with “Beats of the Streets: The Brass Brand Tradition in New Orleans,” the second annual NolaLoyola program by way of the Center for the Study of New Orleans at Loyola University. The full day of events is free and [...]

Earl Scioneaux’s Brassft Punk Project Goes Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

For Earl Scioneaux III, sometimes the best ideas are the ones that are hidden in plain sight. The Preservation Hall recording engineer and mind behind 2009′s Electronola is back with plans to re-imagine and record four popular Daft Punk songs this summer through the lens of a New Orleans brass band. As he put it, [...]

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz Records)

The idea for this one was to pick up on the plan for the Dozen’s fifth album back in 1991, Open Up: Whatcha Gonna Do with the Rest of Your Life?, with each member writing his own composition. But after 35 years of life together on and off the road, it’s not easy for the [...]

The Stooges Brass Band and Mannie Fresh in Los Angeles: Studio Kings

When the Stooges Brass Band rolled into Red Bull Studios Los Angeles with producer Mannie Fresh, it was a meeting of two titans of New Orleans street music. The Stooges are at the top of their game right now. Led by Walter “Whoadie” Ramsey and original band members Andrew “Drew” Baham and Ersell “Garfield” Bogan, [...]

Soul Rebels Seek and Destroy with Metallica Covers

This week, the Soul Rebels have been in San Francisco opening for, of all bands, Metallica. In each set, they did at least one Metallica song: here’s footage of them covering “Enter Sandman.” Here’s an excerpt of their version of “For Whom the Bell Tolls”: They also joined Metallica during their set for “Seek and [...]